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The Darwin Project Council
The Center for Partnership Studies


The Darwin Project is an independent venture unaffiliated with any other organization. 

Because of the striking fact of mutual validation, a small grant by The Center for Partnership Studies made possible initial exploration of the idea for The Darwin Project.  That is, there is a powerful correlation of violent and socially destructive "survival of the fittest" Darwinism with the "dominator model" -- and of the primacy of love and moral sensitivity for the long ignored completion for Darwin's theory of human evolution with the "partnership model" for human relations.  We gratefully acknowledge this boost at the beginning for our present independence.

The Center for Partnership Studies is an educational and research institute formed to apply the cultural transformation theory of evolution theorist Riane Eisler to the general project of building a better world.    

It was founded in 1987 in answer to the tremendous worldwide interest in Eisler’s dramatic unearthing of the partnership versus the dominator way of life in her international best-seller The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future, now published in 20 foreign editions.


Riane Eisler
Riane Eisler



Social and global needs
explored by the Center have been linked to
the following books by Eisler



H.M.S. Beagle

Gender relations and community and group action, following publication of The Partnership Way (1990, co-authored with Loye).

H.M.S. Beagle

Sex, spirituality, and politics, following publication of Sacred Pleasure (1995).
H.M.S. Beagle K-12 educational reform following publication of Tomorrow’s Children (2000).
H.M.S. Beagle Personal, social, and global activism following publication of The Power of Partnership (2002).

A Brief History

During the 1990s small, independent Centers for Partnership Education were formed in many cities throughout the U.S. Centers were also formed in Germany, Greece, and Africa. Over 500 people from 50 countries gathered in Crete for a World Partnership Conference in 1992. The relevance of Eisler’s cultural transformation theory to Asia as well as Europe and America was established by scientists of the Chinese Academy of Social Science with a three year research project and publication in English as well as Chinese of The Chalice and the Blade in Chinese Culture in 1995.

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de Chardin

Along with Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Arnold Toynbee, Pitirim Sorokin, Teilhard de Chardin and others, Eisler has been named one of the 20 most important macrohistorians in the book
Macrohistory and Macrohistorians – the first woman in history and the only living theorist to be so honored.

Currently, the Center, now a United Nations NGO, is a primary source of support for Eisler’s ongoing work. To provide a basic guide for theorists and activists, Eisler is consolidating her work into a new book outlining the structure, dynamics, and applications of cultural transformation theory to the core challenges facing our species during the 21st century.


More on the Center’s past activities and Eisler’s works can be found on www.partnershipway.org

Board of Directors


Riane Eisler

Executive Director, Representative to the UN

Heide Banks

Vice President

David Loye

Treasurer Secretary

Bill Levis


Gwendolyn Grace, Michael-Henry Honack and Howard Lazar


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